Ben C’s review published on Letterboxd:
Let’s start with the elephant in the room: I despise Rent. It has a few good songs, but it’s bad in a character sense, bad in a plot sense, bad in a moral sense, and has a borderline irresponsible failure to understand the reality of AIDS. Therefore, any movie that uses the writing of Rent as its catharsis is never going to get my unabashed seal of approval.
Overall, though, I really liked it! Andrew Garfield is great, Robin de Jesus is great, the music is good, it’s emotional throughout, it explores some serious subjects in a manner far less frustrating than Rent, and Lin-Manuel Miranda can sorta direct at times I guess.
The cameos by musical theatre lifers, past and present, are so ubiquitous it’s almost hilarious. If you’re a Broadway weirdo like me and will recognize someone like Danny Burstein, Kate Rockwell, or Jelani Alladin (literally just picking 3 at random from the 8000), you’ll have fun.